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8/30/12news article

Wal-Mart and Sam's Club associates raise $177,297.19 for Dayton Children's

It was a record-breaking year for Dayton Children’s as officials confirmed a total of $177,297.19 was raised in the annual Walmart & Sam’s Club six week fundraiser through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®. Walmart and Sam’s Club store associates, customers and members together raised the campaign’s biggest total ever, mostly $1 at a time with donations taken at the register and all proceeds benefiting Dayton Children’s.

“Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, members and customers are making a difference in the lives of the thousands of children we serve each year,” says Debbie Butner, Children’s Miracle Network manager at Dayton Children’s.  “This year’s campaign exceeded last year’s by over 101%.  The commitment of the associates is what makes this possible.” 

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Dayton Children’s uses funds raised through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for urgent medical equipment needs throughout the hospital.  2012 marks the 25th year Walmart/Sam’s Club has been raising funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The partnership is especially visible at Dayton Children’s as seen on one of our pediatric transport vehicles that was made possible by the support of our local Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs.

“We are proud of our association with Dayton Children’s.  By supporting the hospital, we are helping all the kids in the communities where our associates work and live,” said Matt O’Halloran, area market manager.  “Our associates and customers get behind this effort each year and are committed to helping the kids who need Dayton Children’s.

This year’s fundraising campaign was record-breaking on a national level as well, with more than $41 million raised for all of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in the United States. By comparison, the 2011 campaign raised $28 million in the United States.

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at

For more information, contact: 
Grace Rodney 
Marketing Communications Specialist 
Phone: 937-641-3666